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Laos: A ten year old boy, Ahlo, who is believed to bring bad luck, is blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia and her eccentric uncle Purple: an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and a fetish for James Brown. Struggling to hang on to his father s trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. In a last plea to try and prove he s not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. As the most bombed country in the world shoots back at the sky, a boy will reach to the heavens for forgiveness.
Gripping yet heart-warming, The Rocket is a deeply personal story about the determination of a boy who has the odds stacked against him, set against the epic backdrop of a war-ravaged country on the brink of huge change. With remarkable access to real rituals and festivities in the stunning mountains of Laos, The Rocket is a unique view into a world never seen on film before.
Written and directed by Kim Mordaunt ( Bomb Harvest), The Rocket features an extraordinary leading performance from gutsy former street kid Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo, and veteran actor and comedian Thep Phongam as the damaged but humorous Purple, an ex-soldier who becomes mentor to the young protagonist.
- Original UK Theatrical Trailer
- The Making of The Rocket, a behind the scenes look at the film
- Director Commentary with Kim Mordaunt
- truly an extraordinary movie...powerful, inspiring...a must-see for all the lovers of indie cinema, especially those who think they ve seen it all. 5 stars The Upcoming (UK)
- Enthralling and evocative Screen Daily (US)
- one of the truly special films of the year Unseen Films (US)
- Endearing, gripping and heart-warming Indiewire
- Impossible to resist Film.com (US)
- So moving and deeply personal... The two children, Sitthiphon Disamoe and Loungnam Kaosainam, are just spectacular. GALO Magazine (US)
- Captivating...a total crowd-pleaser, deserving of its wild praise CinemaBlend (US)
- A wonderfully executed film, with a gripping story driven by colourful, lovable characters Washington Square News (US)
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His mother loves him and he grows up but the curse of his bad luck taints everything. So every misfortune can be related to him. Then the authorities turn up to build a new dam and they have to leave their ancestral home. What follows is a trip across beautiful Laos, a land that is still riddled with ordnance and the scars of the Vietnam War.
Ahlo finally thinks he might be able to prove he isn't cursed when he sees an opportunity to enter the rocket competition of a town. This town awards a big cash prize to the best rocket - in the hope it will please the gods and make it rain.
The journey that they all go on will feature adventures with electricity, malaria, unexploded bombs and Laos' answer to James Brown. This film is one that has at its core a very positive message, but the road is a very rocky and my heart went out to Ahlo and his friends and family on a number of occasions. Writer and director Kim Mordaunt has made a film to be proud of and it is Australia's official entry for an Academy Award 2014 for best foreign language film. In Lao with good sub titles and a run time of 96 minutes, this is a film it is very easy to recommend indeed.
I have often witnessed the work of MAG (Mines Advisory Group) and other similar organizations in Laos.
Such a spectacular country and friendly people. Unfortunately it could still take over 100 years before all the UXO, cluster munitions and Agent Orange is dealt with. Hopefully with the help of these 2 movies awareness may speed up the process of making the country safe.
I don't think we can ever really grasp what it's like to loose your home (twice), or be a child soldier or at the mercy of tribal dispute.
This gives a childs view of difficult issues within a simple, fun yet plausible story line.
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Funny, poignant, sad, tense and heart warming. The children are amazing, the locations are stunning. The film lures you into the stories of the characters and of the country.Published 23 months ago by dp
At the end of the day when we need to take each day as it comes and tomorrow is just another day keep smiling cos life is full of cliches.Published on 20 April 2015 by E. C. Cullingham
Wonderfully simple story, brilliant acting and photography...even if it has a predictable end it's the end we want to see.Published on 6 April 2015 by Robin Kewell